Kundalini Yoga Training
© 2005 (revised) - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
Bhajan is an endless source of inspiration. Here are a few paraphrased
quotes from one of his classes I attended.
We need mental security. Our intuition is our security. If we
seek the satisfaction of our ego, our third eye (seat of our intuition)
will not open up. If we give up our ego, the vacuum is filled
with our intuition and we are uplifted
.It is easy to access
our intuition when our chakras are open.
Doubt and duality are the main causes of disaster
. We forget
that God is with us.
Let God work. Watch God work. Understand the play of God. Give
God a chance. This life was given to you as a gift. Let God take
you on this journey.
We are in the cusp (transition) to the Aquarian Age, which
will begin in 2012. Until then, do your best, enjoy your life,
have faith and let God take care of your life.
Good ideas! How do I do that?! Kundalini Yoga is one of the spiritual
disciplines developed by saints and sages to accomplish these
Ego is one of those misunderstood words with many meanings. Defined
as our conscious awareness, an ego is necessary to think, operate,
make decisions and take action in this world. The problem is that
we usually operate from a "limited ego" and narrow view
of ourselves and the world. It is this "false ego" that
we are trying to give up or transcend.
important task of our "aware ego" is to train ourselves
to listen to our intuition, instead of reacting to random thoughts
that are set off by our wounded emotions and inappropriate training.
We need our "aware ego" to tune into God (universal
energy) and join forces. As we do so, we experience "My will
is God's will." And "God in me, me in God are One."
"God" also has so many meanings and is a very misunderstood
concept. A spiritual path is about experiencing the reality of
this concept. Yogi Bhajan always tells us that our biggest problem
is that we think God is outside ourselves. The purpose of a spiritual
practice is to experience the Infinite within our own being and
to connect our individual psyche with the universal psyche. (one
definition of God) (Lesson 20
"Surrender to the Zone" discusses in detail this
concept and how we can cultivate a direct experience of the Infinite.)
Silence and Intuition
is core to all spiritual practices. The Buddhists are masters
of silence. Or at least they recognize its value and practice
the discipline. One must be silent to "hear" the Divine.
Silence is an art that we cultivate. Your experiences will be
more profound and your KY practice more effective if you incorporate
silence into your spiritual practice and into your daily life.
purpose of silence is to turn our attention inward. As we tune
into our inner space we are able to identify and stop relating
to what is called "excess personality" or "externalized
ego". We begin relating to our Essential Self or Soul. It
is our Essential Self that accesses our intuition and finds the
of the goals of the meditative techniques in the KY tradition
is to tune into the neutral mind, where we can access higher states
of consciousness. If we try to be silent without accessing our
neutral channel, silent meditation often gets stuck in watching
our thoughts and replaying our neuroses. After preparing the body
and mind and balancing the emotions with KY, we are able to sit
quietly and enjoy our inner space.
Meditation for 40 Days
the yogic tradition, meditations practiced for a certain number
of days have a certain effect. Forty days is the minimum to break
a habit and set the stage for an internal shift. One student asked
me once-"Forty days in a row?!" The whole class laughed.
Yes, forty days in a row! And if that seems like a long time,
in the past many spiritual masters have taken 40 years to achieve
enlightenment. I imagine that all of us on the KYList have done
that path in other lifetimes. This lifetime, we are attempting
to get quicker results, so that we can enjoy peace and happiness
while still in the body.
are many types of meditation. The most common used in KY practice
are (1) Chanting mantras out loud (2) Reciting mantras silently
(3) Pranayama with and without silent mantra and (4) Silent meditation.
Silent meditation usually comes at the end, after we have practiced
a technique to open our minds to experience higher levels of awareness.
Yogi Bhajan recognized that it is impossible for most of us to
tune into the "silent" neutral channel without clearing
the way first with Kundalini yoga, pranayama and mantra meditation.
is useful to begin each daily session with silent mindful meditation
so that we can monitor our progress and the effectiveness of our
meditative techniques. Actually silent, mindful meditation is
our first, last and on-going lesson. We use silent meditation
as a touchstone overtime to review our inner evolution and to
assess our goal of achieving inner peace, contentment and a richer,
fuller inner life.
Yes, you can continue on to the next lessons. You do not have
to wait 40 days. Actually please do not wait 40 days. But make sure that
you incorporate silent meditation in your daily practice. Once you have done
so for 40 days, you will realize the benefits of being still with yourself
and will continue to incorporate this practice in your daily routine.
Art of Silence and Listening
are three exercises to help cultivate the art of silence and listening.
To be silent requires being able to listen. There is a silent
channel in our mind. First we have to access it. Second we have
to listen to the silence and be with it. The silence is always
there. Our challenge is to train ourselves to pay attention to
Everyday be silent and practice listening within. Do this
for a few minutes before and after your KY and meditation practice.
We need to spend this silent time with ourselves, every morning
before we start our workday. Simply sit quietly be with your breath,
feel the sensations in your body and find your neutral channel.
Gently and silently be with yourself. Start with 3 to 5 minutes
and work up to 11 minutes. If you have time, you may want to work
up to 22 or 31 minutes.
the day, practice listening to yourself before you interact with
others. Listen inside to what you want to say before saying it.
Do your best to get your own answers before seeking advise. Process
your own thoughts and feelings before sharing them with others.
Share only those thoughts and feelings that inform and inspire
others. Do not dump your emotions on others as a way to avoid
processing them yourself. Keep your own personal issues and process
to yourself. (Unless you are working with a counselor or therapy
a week practice silence with a partner or with a group of friends.
Observing silence, go for a walk together, be together at home,
eat a meal together or partake in another activity. Agree on the
process beforehand, so you can relax and enjoy the experience.
Have a notepad handy in case the need to communicate arises.
might also want to check out silent Buddhist evening and day meditations
or week retreats.
above practice makes us aware of how much we turn our attention
outward and look for cues outside ourselves. We realize how much
we say that is unnecessary and a waste of energy. We start to
see how much we try to fill in "empty" spaces to feel
comfortable or make the other person feel comfortable so we will
find our intuition and "hear God, the Infinite" in the
open spaces of our minds. I am always reminded that I have to
listen to myself, if I want to hear my intuition. It is not that
our intuition is not working. It is dormant through inactivity
or is buried by all our mental noise. We are not listening, trusting
and following our intuition. When we don't listen to our intuition,
our Soul screams at us in other ways-accidents, stress, fear,
and anger. (You must have noticed! :+))
Preparing for the Aquarian Age
Yogi Bhajan has shared with us, our intuition is our security.
When we tune into our intuition, we know what to do. When we know
what to do, we can trust ourselves and our universe. When we trust
ourselves, we are in charge of our own lives. On the other hand,
if we don't listen to ourselves, we have nothing to trust. The
best we can do it operate from blind faith. But doubt ends up
getting the upper hand. We turn to external authorities and become
a victim of forces outside ourselves. As we move into the Aquarian
Age, our goal is to empower ourselves from within (there is no
other way) and to extricate ourselves from all forms of victimization.
energy on the planet is becoming more and more intense. (I am
sure you have noticed!) Many people feel out of control and they
probably are. The only way to deal with the energy is match it,
join it, go with it and use it! To do so, we must intuitively
sense it and flow with it. The good news is that the intensity
of the energy also speeds up our desire and our ability to
tap our spiritual roots.
goal over time is to integrate the above silence practices into
our daily lives. To do so, we have to train and monitor ourselves.
You may find it useful to keep a journal of your experiences.
I find it therapeutic and encouraging to watch my progress. Training
ourselves to connect with the divine within and maintain this
connection during every hour of the day is the purpose of all
spiritual disciplines. And with the energy available, we could
witness some quick results.
Baseline and Ongoing Process
silent meditation may seem simple, its mastery is not. Students
take years and even lifetimes to perfect it. Fortunately, there
are Kundalini yoga techniques that facilitate the process and
speed up our progress. The purpose of this Kundalini Yoga Training
Course is to share this technology. Our first step is to simply
practice mindful silent meditation and watch our results. It is
important to monitor your experiences so you have a baseline of
comparison as we add the Kundalini exercises to the process.
silent meditation at least one day before moving on to tuning
in and the other lessons.
started today, have fun and share your results
(revised) © 2005 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.